As you may have heard, wide receiver Percy Harvin will not be suiting up for the Seattle Seahawks in week nine against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While it may not be a big deal to some, there is definitely some reason to be concerned due to the offense’s recent outputs.
Against the St. Louis Rams in week eight, quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked seven times and the offense put up a measly 135 yards of total offense. He was visibly shaken at certain moments and the Rams’ pass rush was key to that game being much closer than it should have. With how Wilson played last week in St. Louis, he’ll have to turn it around in week nine.
Of course the Bucs are winless this year, but a team with nothing to lose except another game could be dangerous come the second half of the year. At this point, they’re playing for pride. If the Seahawks don’t protect Wilson, this one won’t be as much of a blowout as you might think.
On top of that, Wilson needs his weapons. Not having Harvin this week is going to hurt, especially because his top wideout in Sidney Rice is now out for the year with a torn ACL. Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate are his two main guys now in the passing game, and tight end Zach Miller may have to step up a bit more as well.
Harvin would somewhat compensate for the lack of protection Wilson has gotten lately, giving the defense a scary threat to be on the lookout for. Opening up the offense much more would benefit Wilson in the passing game, but Harvin, again, will not be suiting up.
It’ll have to be a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch in this one if the Seahawks want to come away with a victory. Not having two very talented receivers will be tough on Seattle, and specifically Wilson. This is going to be the time of year where the Seahawks show just what they’re made of until they can get their biggest offensive weapon back on the field.